Ebony McGee 2004

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Dr. Ebony McGee was awarded the African American Success Foundation’s Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in 2004 in support of her research conducted while a Ph.D. student in Math Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago on “..the success factors of African American students who pursue math related college majors such as engineering, computer and math science. (Her) particular focus relates to these students’ multidimensional motivations to pursue a success math/math related career in spite of any unusual circumstances they had to overcome.” She will be closely studying individuals who have “taken at least 6 math courses and received at least A or B in at least five of those classes” and who are recipients of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship, a scholarship for academically gifted students with financial need. The students will be chosen from low-income households where parents/guardians have no college education. She examined the association of variables such as persistence, resilience, self-determination, and community involvement with success in mathematics. Read about the results of Dr. McGee’s study in her paper titled Chronicles of Success: Black College Students Achieving in Mathematics and Engineering

Dr. McGee’s dissertation titled Race, Identity, and Resilience: Black College Students Negotiating Success in Mathematics and Engineering investigates resiliency in high-achieving African American mathematics and engineering college students. Past support for this study included: the African American Success Foundation, The Jackie Robinson Foundation Extra Innings Fellowship Program, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Abraham Lincoln Fellowship Program, the Spencer Foundation, ASHE/Lumina Foundation, and Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellowships. As a former electrical engineer and current mathematics and African American studies lecturer, Ebony is concerned with mathematics learning and participation among African Americans. Upon completion of her doctorate this winter, Ebony plans to pursue a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Chicago to further research the resiliency construct for high-achieving African American college students.

In 2003, Ebony started a not-for profit organization called The Relationship G.A.P. (Growing As People).   The Relationship GAP provides a “safe space” where males and females of color can dialect and connect through words. The primary goal of the RGAP is to provide a safe place to voice issues of concern and controversy — helping to forge bridges of communication that constitute the human fabric of healthy communities. Additionally, Ebony currently serves on the board of Athletes Committed to Education, a not-for-profit organization that offers unique outreach that blends educational initiatives and athletic programs to improve the lives of inner-city youth.

Ebony’s research in mathematics education will appear in an upcoming book publication, co-authored with her dissertation advisor, Dr. Danny Martin, entitled Mathematics literacy for liberation: Knowledge construction in African American context. This chapter is to appear in B. Greer, S. Mukhophadhay, S. Nelson-Barber, & A. Powell (Eds.), Culturally responsive mathematics education in early 2009.

For more information about Dr. McGee and her research contact emcgee2@uic.edu

For more information about other research supported by AASF see https://blacksuccessfoundation.org/scientific-research/